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Old 08-19-2012, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I started this build 4 years ago, 3 years ago I had to rush to finish it enough to get it out of the garage I was using then a couple weeks after that I had to sell it.
Last month I had my TJ up for sale and on a whim I searched my gmail account and found old e-mails from the guy that bought it off of e-bay. He lives in Mexico and was going to have it shipped there. I sent a e-mail asking if he had it, if so what condition and would he consider selling it. A couple weeks later he responded that he did still have it and it was exactly as it was, as a matter of fact it was shipped to McAllen TX and put in storage, he has not had time to do anything with it. We struck a deal and last week I rented a truck and drove 1850 miles in 2 1/2 days and got it back.
So here is the build, not hard core but my goal was/is a Willys I could DD and be a capable trail rig(mild trails mostly) I have a ton of stuff to do.
1953 M38, Suzuki Samurai frame, Toyota 20R engine, L45 trans,Toy Axles
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here it is when I bought it


amazing rust free body




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Old 08-19-2012, 02:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At home, cleaned up.


Added a cage I got off Craigslist. I don't like it so a new cage is on the to do list


I bought this beauty, it did have toy axles that needed to be gone through
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I sold the tub for $100


The Willys even looks tiny beside the Sammy frame but all the measurements were super close.


So I pulled the body off the Jeep and sold the chassis
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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More off


New chassis going in


More on
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Mocking up the front


More mock, notice the steering shaft will go through the grill


Modding the Toy perches to fit the sammy springs, I may would go a different route now but this was then.
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This is one of the things I will be changing, I needed to get it done so I worked with what I had on hand. Modded Toy cross member


It hangs down to low for no real reason, there are good Toy cross members available though. I will use and modify one that's available, my new shop is my storage unit with limited tools and I have a tight budget for this now.


Cut off tons of brackets, U-bolt flip kit with stock mixture sammy spring packs.
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Going through the rear, cleaning up the trans/transfer case


New rear bearings, I just think these big sealed bearings are cool


Rear mounted and I installed rear disc, Sky manufacturing I think.
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Going through the front end


High steer and misc bearings and seals


Love the Hi-steer
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Cut my dust shields down


hubs cleaned up nice


Hubs painted
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I tried TJ pedals but ended un modding the sammy set


pedals mounted


New speedway motors column. I may change this for a tilt wheel, not sure yet.
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Pimtastic wheel, to small without power steering, I will probably add power later.


Body to frame front


Body to frame rear


Body to frame side, I ended up getting it 5/8 closer. Overall it fits nice, there is a little room in the center but this should work well for a flat belly(or close)
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I ended up with a sammy booster and a Toy slave (I think)


20R final fit


20R


20R


20R


Original plan was for a VW turbo diesel but I didn't have time and every one I found was a pos or to much money. Now I can either bolt in a Toy turbo diesel or I may just do a hybrid 20R/22R
I ended up with Jeep front shock mounts, as you can see the brake lines go through the bottom. I think I will add through bolts or move the brake line tabs.
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Engine in and buttoned up. The radiator was for a CJ-5 4 cylinder Jeep.


About done at the time


With top


I ended up with stock sammy shackles in the front to level it.
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Then I sold it
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3 years later, Enrique opening the storage unit in McAllen Tx


Sweet ! exactly the same just covered with funky dust


Hooked up, flat towed perfectly.


Except stitching in one seam on the top started coming loose so I pulled it off


Back home
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So now I am on a tighter budget than before but I need to get it as drive able as I can. The tank was full of varnish, I have cleaned it out twice and it will get me by for now.
I have to change the seats out, I will be notching the rear fender wells for seat clearance. I got lucky and scored a new set of seats on Craigslist, Mastercraft military suspension seats...sweet !


I am thinking of using a sammy gas tank and removing the stock Willys one along with the tool box from the passenger side. I didn't want to do this to such a nice M38 body but this is the one what I have. On the other hand I am glad it's this nice :
I will be adding a new cage, maybe a MB grill, maybe MB windshield frame, it will be OD green with the grab handles, ax, shovel and other misc military pieces.
The gearing is pretty good but when I add a locker to the rear I think 4.89 or even 5.29's would be better. I have to be careful though I have no over drive.
Later I may go to YJ springs for a softer ride and I wouldn't mind stretching the rear wb 2-3"
Power steering later is probable.
So that's it for now, speed build thread
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I wouldn't worry to much about using a virgin body, Its a repop so have fun with it.
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On a site geared more towards resto's I was told this meant it was real, they said reproduction tubs don't have the Jeep logo on the front of the toolbox like this.



What tells you it's not ? I just know what I was told by people I thought knew. It has a CJ3A grill (either original or new) and I am not sure about the windshield frame. I believe the tub and fenders are M38.
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It looks good, but I feel like my eyes have been raped. Poor M38:<(
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I have seen reproduction toolboxes with the Jeep script on them... The thing that made me think it was a reproduction is the lack of battery box lid on the pass side cowl. Are there signs that it used to be there at one time?

Neat build though. Always wondered what a flatty on a sami chassis would look like.
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I have seen reproduction toolboxes with the Jeep script on them... The thing that made me think it was a reproduction is the lack of battery box lid on the pass side cowl. Are there signs that it used to be there at one time?

Neat build though. Always wondered what a flatty on a sami chassis would look like.
Yeah just went out and took this, you can see where the box lid was

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